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DNA Evidence in the Australian Legal System
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DNA Evidence in the Australian Legal System

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To published Dec 2015 (LexisNexis) PRE-ORDER NOW!
ISBN: 9780409343267. Soft cover.

Smith, M

DNA Evidence in the Australian Legal System discusses the legal issues associated with DNA evidence, ranging from crime scene collection and DNA databases through to its use in criminal trials and appeals. This integrated text explains important legal issues associated with DNA evidence that have developed alongside the science. While there are a number of books available that discuss DNA evidence from a forensic science perspective, this text is one of the few worldwide to focus on these issues from a legal perspective. 

A wide range of legal issues are discussed, including those associated with the collection of DNA evidence at the crime scene, laboratory analysis, creation of DNA profiles, use of DNA databases, the presentation of DNA evidence at trial, and the use of DNA in the review of convictions and acquittals. Forensic procedures legislation is reviewed, as well as key cases relevant to each of these topics. The text also includes a comparative discussion of developments in key jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom and United States, providing context for current and potential future developments in Australia. 

It is intended that this book will be an authority on DNA evidence and the law in Australia and an important reference for those studying, working with or researching the topic. This includes professionals such as lawyers, researchers, police, laboratory scientists, policymakers and expert witnesses who work in the criminal justice system, as well as students of law, criminology, criminal justice and forensic science. 


Marcus Smith has worked as a Principal Research Analyst at the Australian Institute of Criminology and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the University of Canberra. Marcus has written about, and presented on, DNA evidence and other legal issues, including fraud in the Australian health sector and financial crime. Marcus holds postgraduate qualifications in law from the Australian National University and the University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

1. Scientific Foundation

2. Collection, Testing and Management of Forensic Biological Material

3. Forensic DNA Databases

4. Presentation of DNA Evidence at Trial

5. DNA Evidence and the Review of Acquittals and Convictions

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